For Immediate Release: Wed, March 20th, 2019
Contact: Joshua Henne – 732-407-5938
(Trenton, NJ) – The Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO has ratified its Executive Branch contract with the State of New Jersey. The Tentative Agreement was completed on March 4, 2019, and Union members completed ratification of the Contract on March 20, 2019. The contract was ratified 96% yes, 4% no. The CWA State Worker Contract is the largest collective bargaining agreement in the State of New Jersey in both the public and private sector.
The Term of the Agreement is from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023. The Agreement includes across the board increases of 2% each year, all Step increments, bonuses paid to those not receiving increments, and a new health plan that changes the way employees pay premium share from the “Chapter 78 schedule” passed by the Legislature in 2011, to a percentage of pay, lowering employee health benefit premium share for the first time in 8 years, and providing significant savings to the State of New Jersey at the same time. The contract also includes changes that streamline, protect and articulate due process rights, job security, and other language matters determining terms and conditions of employment.
The Union side of the Bargaining Committee was: John Rose, President Local 1031, Patrick Kavanagh, President Local 1032, Gaye Palmer, President Local 1033, Adam Liebtag, President Local 1036, Ken McNamara, President Local 1037, Shawn Ludwig, President Local 1038, Carolyn Wade, President Local 1040, Dennis Trainor, Vice President District 1, Hetty Rosenstein, New Jersey Director, Steven P. Weissman, Attorney, Weissman & Mintz.
“We are proud to announce that our contract was overwhelmingly ratified,” said CWA NJ Director Hetty Rosenstein. “It is a fair agreement. Once again, we’ve proven that Collective Bargaining and Workers Rights are at the core of American Democracy. When the parties negotiate in good faith the results are always better, more long lasting, and of greater value than when they are not bargained. I want to thank our incredibly dedicated Local Presidents and Dennis Trainor, the Vice President of District 1 – the greatest District in the greatest Union. I also wish to thank our brilliant attorney, Steve Weissman, for his extraordinary work. And I must acknowledge the good faith and hard work of the Management Team representing Governor Phil Murphy, including the Staff of the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations and James McGovern and Jennifer Roselli from the law firm of Genova Burns. This Contract could not have been successfully negotiated without the deep commitment and the long hours of everyone involved.“
The legislature passed a budget that is not sound and may result in a state shutdown! Click here for more information.
If there is a shutdown and we are locked out, you must follow the instructions given to your CWA Shop Steward. All members who are locked out must report to one of the Shutdown Locations during the lockout. Please speak with your shop steward for instructions.
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CWA NJ Shop Steward Master List Shut Down Location Sign Up Sheet Click here to download.
Why the Budget Bill passed by the Legislature is Dangerous for Public Workers, Services, and New Jersey (one-page overview) Click here to download.
Why the Budget Bill Padded by the Legislature is Dangerous for Public Workers, Services, and New Jersey (two-page Shop Steward document) Click here to download.
Economic Development Authority (EDA) Corporate Tax Incentive Programs – What is happening with NJ’s corporate tax incentive programs? (Shop Steward resource) Click here to download.
FY20 Budget Overview & EDA Reform – Why the Legislature’s actions are dangerous for public workers, services, and NJ (Shop Steward Resource) Click here to download.
CWA New Jersey June 13 Rally | CWA New Jersey
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Join us Thursday June 13th for a rally that NJ Deserves! Protect your pension! Protect your healthcare! Demand an end to corporate welfare and attacks on critical state services.
Join us at our CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting 5/23/19 at the Trenton War Memorial at 4:30 PM. Dinner will be served.
Join CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity meeting Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Local 1033 HQ at 5:00 PM.
Please bring your Health and Safety contact information if you have not emailed it to the Education & Equity Chair, Regina M. Jackson.
Reba Holley from Moms Demand Action will do a presentation at the meeting.
Please RSVP to Misty Lammons or to the Local by May 20th so we know how much food to order.
For more info and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/334428870591746/?ti=icl
A recent labor agreement created new medical plans for State employees represented by the CWA. Two new Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Plans will be introduced: CWA Unity DIRECT (administered by Horizon) and CWA Unity Freedom (administered by Aetna). Along with the new PPOs, the current Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Tiered Network Plans, and High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) will be offered.
The SHBP will hold a special Open Enrollment for employees covered under the new CWA agreement from April 22, 2019, to May 3, 2019. Current CWA subscribers will be automatically transferred or remain in the same plan unless a CWA Open Enrollment Application is submitted with another plan selected.
For more information please visit NJ Division of Pensions & Benefits.
Get on the call 4/10/19 at 7:00 PM to hear our plan to stop Sweeney’s “Path to Progress” and pass a fair state budget